Recording First World War sites in the East of England

The CBA is working with English Heritage and partners across the UK to help local communities
identify and map the remains of the First World War in Britain.

Running from 2014–2018, the Home Front Legacy 1914–18 project is supporting community
groups researching local places associated with the Great War with an online toolkit and
guidance for recording the remains of surviving sites, structures and buildings around Britain.
The Home Front Legacy website provides tools, guidance and resources for you to carry out
archaeological recording and submit your data to your local Historic Environment Record and
National Monuments Records to add to our knowledge and inform future protection for sites
Using our online toolkit and the resources on the Home Front Legacy website, everyone can
help to research and record their local sites and structures and help to safeguard First World
War survivals here in Britain. Exploring these remains brings you into closer contact with what
our families lived through, and the ways in which the Great War shaped their lives and the
places we live today.

You don’t need to be an archaeologist or have some experience of fieldwork to take part. You
may have an interest in the Home Front or already be involved in a First World War
Centenary project about your local area.

The CBA invites local community group members, national and local stakeholders to this day
school to find out how to use the recording toolkit and online app for your project.
This day school will:

  • Get you actively involved with the Home Front Legacy 1914–18 project
  • Share the toolkit and resources to use within your own projects, or to start one up
  • Enable you to start discovering your local First World War surviving sites, structures
    and buildings using online resources.
  • Help you connect with your local Historic Environment Record
  • Give you the skills and confidence to share your learning with your community group
    Provide the forum to share your projects and to meet potential partners

Download the full programme here, or click to book your place on the workshop.

A new publication on East Anglian archaeology

We are pleased to announce the publication of a collection of essays on landscape archaeology and artefact studies in East Anglia, presented to the CBA East chair, Andrew Rogerson.

“Andrew Rogerson is one of the most important and influential archaeologists currently working in East Anglia. The various essays in this volume, presented to him by friends and colleagues from both the university sector and public archaeology, closely reflect his diverse interests and his activities in the region over many decades. They include studies of ‘small finds’ from many periods; of landscapes, both urban and rural; and of many aspects of medieval archaeology and history. This important collection will be essential reading for all those interested in the history and archaeology of Norfolk and Suffolk, in the interpretation of artefacts within their landscape contexts, and in the material culture of the Middle Ages.”

The publication is available in print and digital format from Archaeopress here.

New discoveries in the East of England: an update to the regional research framework

The East of England research framework was developed in the 1990s, published in 2000 and revised in 2011. It was never intended to be a fixed point but rather a dynamic process through which the region’s archaeology can be influenced.

As new discoveries are made and new research priorities established, the framework will be kept live and updated by the historic environment community of the East of England.

Details of key new projects can be found online.

The publication Research and Archaeology Revisited: a revised framework for the East of England edited by Maria Medlycott East Anglian Archaeology Occasional Paper 24 is available in print from Oxbow Books, or free download from as pdf.

Posted on behalf of the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO East of England) and the editorial board of East Anglian Archaeology.